Board member Scott McNeil was once again the target of residents at the budget meeting of the Cameron Park Community Services District on May 14.
It started when Board President Shiva Frentzen read an e-mail from McNeil, an e-mail he apparently thought would remain confidential.
McNeil stated in his e-mail there were safety concerns at their meetings that Frentzen needed to address. He accused Gerald Lillpop, a local resident and frequent critic of the board, of making people feel “intimidated” by his “lack of self-control.” In the e-mail to Frentzen, McNeil asked, “What are you going to do about the threatening behavior of Lillpop?”
This resulted in an angry exchange between McNeil and Frentzen with McNeil saying that the e-mail was meant to be private and Frentzen stating that she felt the e-mail needed to be read publicly.
“You are embarrassing yourself and this board by reading the e-mail,” said McNeil.
“I need to read it because it’s a safety issue,” countered Frentzen.
Lillpop then got up to defend himself.
“I’m Gerald ‘the Intimidator’ Lillpop,” he said. “Boo.”
Lillpop went on to say,”I have never threatened anyone. I have only said that people would be harmed politically. People have never heard me swear or threaten anyone. I’m sorry if I intimidate you, Scott.”
Residents Bill Carey and David Gelbert joined the discussion with Gelbert suggesting that McNeil should resign from the board.
Frentzen responded to the comments by saying, “I have no safety concerns at the meeting.” She did ask Lillpop to “respect us more.”
Lillpop countered by saying, “Respect is a two-way street. People come to the meeting argumentative and unprepared. “I’m so angry that all I have left is rage. We need to drill down and find out what’s really going on. My anger is growing with each month.”
Frentzen then returned the meeting to budget issues by saying,”I try to be respectful but all I ask is that the public be respectful in turn.”
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